Warriors' O'Neal faces wrist surgery

Golden State Warriors center Jermaine O'Neal will undergo arthroscopic surgery on Friday to determine the severity of the torn ligaments in his right wrist, the team announced Thursday.

The 35-year-old veteran hurt the wrist four weeks ago and he said it has continued to get worse. A determination on his return will be made after the procedure.

O'Neal played through the injury before sitting out Wednesday night's 95-93 victory over the Dallas Mavericks. He has seen action in 17 games this season and started one, averaging 6.2 points and 4.5 rebounds in 18.6 minutes.

"I can't even pull a sheet over me without feeling it," O'Neal told the San Jose Mercury News. "I've never been stabbed, but it feels like a deep stab."

O'Neal was hoping to avoid surgery, which could end his season and possibly his career.